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1 23rd November 06:06
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Default Why is Illustrator so slow?


I have worked in various versions of illustrator for the last 10+ years in the design industry. I have always favored it over Freehand and the like for printed pieces.... until now. My company creates large (48 X 36) folding maps, atlases, and wall maps. We average roughly 20,000 - 50,000 text boxes per map and the new text engine seems to have a tremendously (and I can't stress this enough - TREMENDOUSLY) hard time dealing with them. Files are ridiculously slow in comparison to similar Freehand files. Since we are running Dual 2.5G G5s, 8G of RAM with nVidia Ultra 6800 video card upgrade from Apple, I don't think it's a processing issue (FYI - current OS is Panther with all current updates on 6 workstations and Tiger on 1).

When I came to this company, one of the changes I wanted to integrate was to migrate away from Freehand and institute Illustrator as our primary vector program for the 200+ jobs currently on the docket, at this point I am hesitant to do so.

Is there a fix, patch, upgrade, beta or hack that can substantially increase performance pertaining to this issue? Or is the problem being ignored.

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Kevin O'Neill
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2 23rd November 06:07
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I have also noticed the speed problem with files that contain a lot of text items.

It sounds like CS2 might help... supposedly it offers improved text speed, but I won't believe it until I see it.

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3 23rd November 06:08
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When you save the file, uncheck the "PDF compability".
It helps a lot!

When you´re done working with the file, and you´re gonna print it or whatever, you can check the "PDF compaility" again.
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4 23rd November 06:09
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Thanks for the responses....

Yes, unchecking the PDF compatibility (and compression) options does help normally, we are already in the habit of doing this. Unfortunately this lends no help to our current situation.

And, I too, am going to take a wait and see approach to CS2. After spending a little over $100K to upgrade our infrastructure, one would think that the current “top of the line” applications would increase performance, not destroy it.

Adobe are you listening?

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5 26th November 13:15
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We still haven't found a "fix" for this situation. Anyone else?

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Kevin O'Neill
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